OPENING THIS WEEK
For movies opening March 16, 2012
BIG BUDGET FILMS
21 Jump Street (R for violence, drug and alcohol abuse, coarse sexuality, crude humor and pervasive profanity) Comical adaptation of the Eighties TV series features a couple of disgraced cops (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) forced to work undercover at a high school to crack a teen narcotics ring. With Ice Cube, DeRay Davis and Brie Larson.
Black and white throwback silences the competition
The Artist, a black& white silent film evocative of a bygone era, won the hearts of the Academy Award voters, netting Oscars in the Best Picture, Director, Actor, Costume Design and Score categories. Hugo won five times, too, but only for technical achievements.
After The Artist’s Jean Dujardin beat George Clooney for Best Actor, the foul-mouthed Frenchman not only broke his silence, but tricked the censors by saying the F-word in his native language during his exuberant acceptance speech. Maybe there’s a reason why silent film is his medium.